I first had Genmaicha years ago when I was very new to green tea. The person who introduced me to it didn’t brew it properly and, of course, I didn’t like it. This time I’ve used water at 77C and steeped it for two and a half minutes, and it’s much, much better. It produces the typical light yellow brew of a Japanese green, and I really like the slightly nutty taste. I’m not so crazy about the smell, which reminds me of slightly burnt toasted breakfast cereal.
Also known as pop corn tea, Genmaicha is Bancha green tea blended with roasted riceand popcorn pieces. It is our favourite to match many Asian dishes, especially BBQ / grilled type of cuisine.
This tea is often served in Japanese restaurants and sushi bars.
Ingredients: Green tea (Camellia Sinensis), roasted rice, popcorn